I disagree with the premise that it is a sad day for the First Amendment, and am not sad to see some of these left leaning newspapers fail. There was no infringement by the Federal or any other government entity. All it means is there are plenty of other outlets for the First Amendment (smaller newspapers, internet, TV) and people are not willing to pay for that particular newspapers, take on things. Whether it costs too much, or whether people do not like the slant the paper has, it has not been able to adjust to its market. Oh well.